All posts by Martin Gilbert

Kristallnacht synagogue

A Gilbert Discovery from Esther Gilbert

Photo: The Baden Baden Synagogue burns on Kristallnacht  I remember the look on Martin’s face when he told me. It was pure astonishment on his part, and he had been the detective, unaware of what he was to uncover. Amanda Foreman (who had known Martin since her childhood) and Lisa Jardine

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The Battle of Cable Street

I was born on 25 October 1936, three weeks after the Battle of Cable Street, and therefore have no recollections of it. I have prepared an account of it from contemporary documents, the newspapers of the time, and the recollections of some of those who took part in it for

Brit & Germ Airbases

BOMBER COMMAND CAMPAIGN MEDAL

A vital part of the success of the RAF was played by Bomber Command.  Sir Martin was involved in an attempt to see those who took part in Bomber Command awarded with a campaign medal, an honour that has still sadly eluded them.  In 2008 he wrote this dedication: My

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A Genealogical Query

Also in the June mailbag came this email from Janice Harris in New Zealand, who found her great-uncle listed in one of Sir Martin’s Indexes on the website: “I’m researching my genealogy, and my great uncle, Samuel Howes, was chauffeur to Sir Winston Churchill during the Wilderness Years.  I found

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When Churchill Went to War with America

On Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, Winston Churchill was Minister of Munitions. As Big Ben struck 11, and the guns fell silent on the Western Front, he was looking out of his ministerial window over Northumberland Avenue. The broad street was deserted. Suddenly, as he wrote, he saw “the slight

East European Refugees

Read Gilbert, Putting the Present in Context

Refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and the concerns regarding them seem to have become a permanent fixture of our daily news.  Yet it is important to remember that a generation ago, with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the opening of borders to the West, people who had been struggling

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Ben-Gurion Declares Statehood

At five o’clock on the afternoon of 14 May 1948, in the main hall of the Tel Aviv Museum, a ceremony took place that inaugurated the State of Israel. The ceremony began with the singing of the Jewish anthem “Hatikvah”. A few moments later David Ben-Gurion, as Prime Minister and

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The ’45 Aid Society and “The Boys”

In the summer of 1945, the British government agreed to allow the Jewish organisation, the Central British Fund, to bring a thousand young orphaned survivors of the Holocaust to live in Britain. Only 732 children and teens could be found among those liberated in Theresienstadt and from camps in Germany.

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Israel’s 70

The Story of Israel From Theodor Herzl to the Dream for Peace The new edition of Sir Martin’s book, published in time to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day on May 14, has been held at an introductory price for our readers throughout the month of May. On checkout enter code: story  Buy Here Subscribe to